iPhone end call button switched places

Emre Çitak
Aug 10, 2023

In mobile interface design, every element serves a purpose, and consistency is often hailed as the hallmark of user-centric design. Interestingly, a recent change from Apple's iOS 17 beta 5 challenges this tenet: the previously center-aligned red iPhone end call button has been decidedly repositioned to the bottom right.

From an ergonomic perspective, the bottom-center location was judicious, aligning with the average thumb's natural resting position on most modern smartphones. The repositioning might be indicative of Apple's intentions to innovate, but is innovation at the expense of intuition the right way forward?

iPhone end call button
iPhone end call button has been relocated on iOS 17's new beta

What if you did not like the location of the new iPhone end call button?

Thanks to our phone habits, almost everything we do has turned into a motorized activity. For example, when was the last time you took a screenshot thinking about how you do it? Many users complain about the confusion they experience for this reason. So what can you do if you don't want the iPhone end call button to change its place?

Beta releases are inherently fluid. Drawing a parallel, Apple's iOS 15 beta featured a relocated browser bar in Safari, which was subsequently reverted to its original position upon final release. In short, you can be sure that in the official release, this change will most probably be rejected, because many users are not happy with it.

The update is not only about that

Alongside the iPhone end call button's relocation, the iOS 17 beta 5 includes other updates, such as personalized contact posters, live voicemail transcripts, video voicemails, and a new animation for AirDrop. Additionally, there is a change in how automatic voicemail transcriptions are presented. See the full release notes for iOS 17 beta 5 here.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. makapav said on September 25, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    This should have been an open standard that works across laptops, OSes, and phones. I doubt it will be though and we will just have to wait until the EU drops the hammer in 8-10 years ?

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